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Gai-ku! – A Gaia haiku contest!

Posted on: July 28, 2010

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Have you ever wanted to let everyone know what you really think of Gaia, but didn’t want to write an enormous, lengthy “tl:dr” message? (tl;dr means “too long;didn’t read” in case you didn’t know) Ever felt that you needed to express your love or hate of Gaia through the medium of short-form poetry? Well, this contest might be just the chance you are looking for!

Welcome to the “Gai-ku Contest” where you can submit a haiku poem that expresses your feelings about Gaia in three short lines! Put together a Gaia-themed haiku (a haiku is a 3 line poem in which the first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables, and the third line has 5 syllables) and you could win some serious gold!

In the spirit of the haiku poem format, this contest will have:
* 5 first prize winners who will each get a cool 200,000 gold
* 7 second prize winners who will each receive a nifty 100,000
* 5 third prize winners who will each walk away with a nifty 50,000 gold

Not bad prizes for arranging 17 syllables, are they?!

There are no rules on this contest as to what you write about – just has to be related to your Gaia experience. You could write a funny haiku or a serious one; express your love of Gaia or what you hate about Gaia – anything Gaia related is ok! Just make sure your language is “Gaia appropriate” – this means no curse words in the poems. We hate to quash your creativity, but we do have some younger Gaians of which we need to be mindful. Pick a different word that rhymes with “duck”, ok?

Here’s how to win:
Who: This contest is open to all Gaians!

What: A Gaia-themed haiku contest anybody has a chance of winning! Just post your best haiku in the official entry thread. Only one entry per person is allowed – this is for all your accounts, so no entering on a main and a mule. As well, you can edit your post to change your haiku during the course of the contest if you think you have come up with something better, but once the contest closes, editing of posts is not allowed.

Where: Post your Gai-ku in the following thread to enter the contest: Gai-ku Contest Thread!

When: Make sure to have your Gai-ku posted in the thread no later than 11:59 PM PT on August 1st, 2010.

Why: Because you too want a chance to release your inner poet and show the world how you feel about Gaia, and win gold!

Details: Your Gai-ku should follow the traditional formula of a haiku poem. It should have 3 lines total. The first line should have 5 syllables, the second line should have 7 syllables, and the third line should have 5 syllables. For more details about haikus, please see this link: Learn about haiku!

Example Gai-kus to give you some ideas!

We love our users (5 syllables)
having you around is great- (7 syllables)
Just thought you should know (5 syllables)

I love to be here, (5 syllables)
virtual world with my friends- (7 syllables)
Gaia is my home! (5 syllables)

I hate you Gaia! (5 syllables)
I really think you suck lots, (7 syllables)
yet I still return.. (5 syllables)

Now go ahead and get your poet on – this should be really fun and a great way to express your creative side and possibly win gold! We’ll be having new contests coming up soon, so make sure to check back here regularly or subscribe to this blog and be one of the first to find out about the new, shiny things we’re giving away in the upcoming contests!

Have fun and good luck! We look forward to seeing your Gai-kus!

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